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Snapshot Serengeti - Serengeti Lion Project

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4 to 12
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Snapshot Serengeti helps researchers count and locate animals living in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. More than 200 remote camera traps placed in the park capture images. The...more
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Snapshot Serengeti helps researchers count and locate animals living in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. More than 200 remote camera traps placed in the park capture images. The movements of animals trigger capture of images. View a short tutorial to learn to categorize and identify animals. Identify the type of skin, the pattern of the fur or skin of an animal, and the style of horns (if any) that an animal has. Based on those classifications, Snapshot Serengeti will suggest a few animals that match what you're seeing.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), classification (25), habitats (84)

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Introduce the site and watch the tutorial together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try to identify animals on Snapshot Serengeti as a great way to learn about the various animals that they see and the adaptations of animals to their African habitat. One thing to note about Snapshot Serengeti (before you turn your students loose on it) is that students may end up going through a lot of blank pictures that don't have any animals on them before they get to ones that do show animals. This is because remote cameras can sometimes be triggered by strong gusts of wind blowing something in front of them. Have your students create an online "scrapbook" on Serengeti animals using Scrapblog (reviewed here).

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The Learning Zone - Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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K to 6
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Use this free site to learn about animals, fossils, insects, rocks, and minerals. Try the activities and games to learn more about each. Explore the life cycle of humans, nutrition,...more
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Use this free site to learn about animals, fossils, insects, rocks, and minerals. Try the activities and games to learn more about each. Explore the life cycle of humans, nutrition, respiration, endangered animals, and more. Don't miss the "Fun Stuff" link for some "fun" educational activities to try. Although this site doesn't have a lot of extra "glitz," there is a ton of information to be found.

tag(s): animals (276), endangered species (38), fossils (44), insects (69), life cycles (25), minerals (17), nutrition (154), respiration (17), rocks (49)

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Place a link to this site on your class computer or your class web page for students to access. Use to introduce or reinforce topics learned in class. Students can work individually or in groups. Assign specific topics for cooperative learning groups to explore. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks - Council on Foreign Relations

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9 to 12
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Find the numbers of preventable diseases that have been confirmed in various areas around the world using this visual map. The preventable diseases shown include Measles, Mumps, Rubella,...more
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Find the numbers of preventable diseases that have been confirmed in various areas around the world using this visual map. The preventable diseases shown include Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, and Whooping Cough. Each of the diseases is completely preventable by vaccine. Click on each circle to see the number of cases, date range, and a link to the source data.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), medicine (67)

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Use this tool during a unit on infectious disease in biology or health classes. Identify the difference between a cluster outbreak, secondary transmission, epidemic, and other categories of outbreak. View the various diseases and have students research each to report to the class about the transmission and dangers of each of the diseases. Identify the prevalence of various diseases in certain parts of the World compared to other locations. Identify why certain diseases are found in each of these areas. Research various ways to prevent further epidemics from occurring as well as the various social, religious, and political issues. Assign cooperative learning groups a disease to investigate. Use an online tool such a Creately (reviewed here) to create diagrams and other visual graphic organizers.

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Take Me Fishing - Fishopedia - The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

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3 to 10
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Learn about all different species of fish in the United States and around the world. This site packs an aquatic animal punch! Explore the Fishopedia to learn facts about different ...more
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Learn about all different species of fish in the United States and around the world. This site packs an aquatic animal punch! Explore the Fishopedia to learn facts about different types of fish such as where they live, what type of food they eat, and how to catch them. There are even sections about fishing safely and conserving fish and their native habitats.
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tag(s): animals (276), conservation (127), environment (317), fish (24)

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Use this resource to help your students learn more about local fish and the effects of human behavior on aquatic life. Have students use a fish to tell its own story with the additional assistance of a tool like Blabberize reviewed here. Use in environmental science courses to help students understand sustainability and conservation. Try using it as part of practice for Envirothon competitions. Perhaps even start a wildlife club and use this site to prepare for a field trip of fishing.
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ReCommunity Recycling - ReCommunity

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1 to 12
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Learn about the recycling process. View Vimeo videos about recycling processes including recycling of specific materials. View Infographics of data and information about use of resources...more
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Learn about the recycling process. View Vimeo videos about recycling processes including recycling of specific materials. View Infographics of data and information about use of resources and recycling. Need more information? Use the list of links to aid in research. Use the glossary at the bottom of the page to understand unknown words. Lesson plans are available for grades 1-12.

tag(s): earth day (112), energy (198), recycling (57), resources (112)

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Use the lesson plans to use the site to learn about resources and recycling. Be sure to discuss what is meant by "Reduce, reuse, recycle" in terms of resources and energy (Infographics and resources are helpful for this) and why recycling is not always the best answer. Do simpler activities or lessons with younger students during Earth Day or Earth Week. Include this link with other resources about resources and recycling. Have different groups each become an expert in the processing of one of the resources and discuss the common steps and problems involved in the recycling process.
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True Tube - TrueTube

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9 to 12
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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial,...more
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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial, this is a great set of resources for the introduction of difficult subjects to a class. Events that coordinate with videos are listed along the right side of the site. Choose from subjects along the top including Body and Health, Crime, Culture, and more. Many of the videos deal with worldwide issues from a non-U.S. point of view, offering a different perspective. Be sure to preview videos before you share. Some do deal with rather controversial topics. If necessary, check with your administration about the appropriate use of these videos before sharing withe the class OR sharing the link on your class website.

tag(s): architecture (84), digital citizenship (59), diseases (66), environment (317), media literacy (58), mental health (26), persuasive writing (55), poetry (228), religions (61), sexuality (14), social skills (20), writing prompts (92)

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Share specific videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use a video to introduce a debate topic or as a prompt for persuasive writing. As a media literacy exercise, ask students to find another video (perhaps on YouTube) that presents an opposing viewpoint on the same topic as one here. Then challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos on this or another controversial topic being discussed in class. Share the videos using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Cyberchase - PBS KIDS

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3 to 7
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Join Jackie, Matt, and Inez in the PBS world of Cyberchase, using the magical powers of math and science to take adventures. The "Motherboard" heads the team against the evils ...more
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Join Jackie, Matt, and Inez in the PBS world of Cyberchase, using the magical powers of math and science to take adventures. The "Motherboard" heads the team against the evils of the universe, Hacker. Visit "Games" to find interactives. There are printables found at the "Activities" link. And finally, watch different episodes (see Video) of Cyberchase to practice various math skills. After the show, find links to the math presented in the show. Examples of content topics include: fractions, geometry, math, weather, money, problem solving, using data, using numbers, science and engineering, pre-algebra, measurement, math and sports, and geometry.

tag(s): data (148), engineering (125), fractions (239), money (193), problem solving (272), sports (97), weather (188)

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Introduce math concepts in a unique way, using Cyberchase adventures on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site at your centers/stations to practice, use, and apply math and science skills. Put a link on your class website for students to use for review, reinforcement, and enrichment.
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Disease Detectives - Science Museum of Minnesota

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5 to 12
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This online exhibit introduces you to three patients, all of whom are suffering from different illnesses. Examine each interactive mannequin: take their temperatures, listen to their...more
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This online exhibit introduces you to three patients, all of whom are suffering from different illnesses. Examine each interactive mannequin: take their temperatures, listen to their hearts, lungs, and bowels. Try to determine what is making them sick. Choose the activities link to view a teacher's guide as well as additional online activities (Predict the Flu, Bacteria Blaster, and an Interactive Timeline of Infectious Disease.) View photos and videos to explain the use of antibiotics, food inspection, and malaria worldwide.

tag(s): bacteria (30), careers (132), diseases (66), heart (43), respiration (17)

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Share activities and video clips on your interactive whiteboard or allow students to explore on their own during health or career units. Biology teachers can use this as practical application during units on cells and viruses. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about preventing the spread of disease using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.
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SciStarter - Science for Citizens LLC

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5 to 12
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects....more
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects. Example projects include: EyeWire (participants "reconstruct the tree-like shapes of the neurons in the retina to help the computer develop 3-D reconstructions of the neurons"), WaterIsotopes "(a call for assistance in collecting samples of precipitation - both rain and snow associated with the passage of Hurricane Sandy"), the Baby Laughter Project, and Citizen Weather Watcher Observer Program. Topics range from weather to birds to medicine to sound. Rather than focusing on teachingcontent, the activities focus on using scientific communities to connect and immerse students in the science.
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tag(s): animals (276), archeology (32), birds (50), ecology (135), environment (317), geology (81), insects (69), medicine (67), oceans (148), science fairs (25), scientific method (64), sound (101), space (205), transportation (40), weather (188)

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Find a great project for your students to participate in, entering data and looking at the results. Search by activity or topic to find a project geared towards your students age range, curriculum, and ability to complete. Have students make a multimedia presentation about one of the "projects" using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Fetch - PBS Kids

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2 to 8
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Join Ruff Ruffman in the PBS Kids Game show, Fetch. Learn about animal science as you view (and participate) on this educational game show including 5 contestants ages 10-14. "Ruff"...more
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Join Ruff Ruffman in the PBS Kids Game show, Fetch. Learn about animal science as you view (and participate) on this educational game show including 5 contestants ages 10-14. "Ruff" hosts the game show, reality style with children contestants, learning about science and also crazy challenges. Topics include (but are not limited to) animals, engineering, deserted islands, dinosaur footprints, hover crafts, mummies, song birds, and more. There are past episodes and games available.

tag(s): animal homes (41), birds (50), dinosaurs (57), diseases (66), literacy (103), machines (30), simple machines (37), vocabulary (324)

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Invite Ruff Ruffman into your classroom to add spice to your science, language arts, and math curriculum. Although contestants are ages 10-14, younger students would benefit by watching the activities. Some may be too challenging for younger students to complete on their own. Students will identify with the contestants as they learn and laugh along with Ruff. Add a Ruff adventure or interview as an anticipatory guide for a unit. Share a clip or experiment on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a way to enrich during your unit on mammals, motion, or problem solving. Have older elementary students (or middle school) become familiar with the show's format, and create an "episode" based on your unit of study. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos to share using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Create a writing experience from episodes given. Use an episode as a spark to begin a further area of inquiry. Add to your computers as a center time activity, or even as a special earned award. Share on your website as an enrichment source, or a great place for educational learning.
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Pixabay - Pixabay

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K to 12
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This is a wonderful site for finding quality images to use in projects. Use these images for either personal or professional projects. Registration is not necessary to download them....more
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This is a wonderful site for finding quality images to use in projects. Use these images for either personal or professional projects. Registration is not necessary to download them. All images are copyright free. Search images by name and filter by orientation (landscape or portrait) and image type (photo, clipart, or vector.) Be sure to use the filters at the top. Right click to download. Use good search terms to find the best pictures possible. You must know where to save images on your computer. Be sure to give credit to the person who took the picture and show their name wherever the image is used. Consider adding images to this site to increase the number of options and expand the ideas of Creative Commons. Adding images does require you to join the site (email required).

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (266), photography (160), search engines (65)

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Use in the classroom any time images are needed for projects, even if the project is not put on a website for others to see. Be sure students are aware that any time another person's image is used, they must give full credit for it, even if that owner cannot see it. Student groups can use Pixabay to collectively find the best image to use for a project. Challenge students to create personalized images (with text) using Pinwords reviewed here. Teachers can collect images for use on their interactive whiteboard for sorting activities (monocots and dicots, producers and consumers, etc). Use images as writing prompts or in poetry collections. Art teachers can find images for students to use as references or in photomontages (with credit). Elementary teachers can use images from this site as part of student-run interactive whiteboard activities, such as labeling parts of plants. Speech and language or ESL/ELL teachers can find images to use in vocabulary development activities. World language teachers can find cultural photos to use in oral exercises.

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A legal (yet, illegal in every sense) extortion letter from Getty Images ignited my need to find another source of genuinely free images online. Hence, ended up finding this awesome free source of truly free images online i.e. pixabay.com. I fear all the time that such a great source could easily be bought (gobbled up) by greedy and infamous businesses i.e. Getty and we will have to find some other source for genuinely free images. Until that happens, let's all enjoy the free ride. pin, , Grades: 0 - 12

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CurriConnects Booklist: Living Green - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This CurriConnects list offers books about living green. Read all about efforts to live green and do what is good for our environment. These books tell about people who are ...more
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This CurriConnects list offers books about living green. Read all about efforts to live green and do what is good for our environment. These books tell about people who are DOING something more than complain about the environmental damage caused by poor human behavior. Help your students discover ideas to make a difference and contribute to positive change. This list includes books for all grade levels but is especially complete in elementary and middle grades. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (128), environment (317)

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This is a great match during units on the environment, current events, or world issues. As students select and read from this list, they will have many opportunities to interact and find meaning from informational texts. This list is ideal during April for Earth Day or as you study the environment--or even geography and human impact on our planet.

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One Zoom Tree of Life Explorer - One Zoom 2012

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8 to 12
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View and zoom into areas of the Tree of Life Explorer interactive viewer. Click on an area of the tree to zoom in to identify how species are related to ...more
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View and zoom into areas of the Tree of Life Explorer interactive viewer. Click on an area of the tree to zoom in to identify how species are related to one another and the evolutionary relationships that exist between species. Find where paths diverged in the past to create new branches of the tree of life. More trees are planned for the future to explore other classes of animals. At the time of this review topics included: the tree of bird life, the tree of mammal life, the tree of amphibian life, and a tutorial.

tag(s): amphibians (20), biodiversity (38), birds (50), evolution (100), mammals (32)

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Use this site to view how organisms are related and identify the evolutionary relationships among the different animals and biodiversity. Use this site as a springboard to discussions in class. Share the videos and interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Research information that explains and shows the evolutionary evidence that exists. Have students create their own simple infographic of a single species in relationship to its "relatives."

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MIT+ K12 - Ian Waitz, MIT's Dean of Engineering

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1 to 12
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MIT + K12 is an excellent site where MIT students create videos and teach science concepts to K-12 students. It is created to be used as an avenue for current ...more
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MIT + K12 is an excellent site where MIT students create videos and teach science concepts to K-12 students. It is created to be used as an avenue for current engineering, science, and math students. The goal is to change the perception of these roles for young students and encourage development in STEM skills. Choose videos sorted by topic or grade level. If you sort by grade levels, be aware there aren't as many choices for the younger grades. Do a keyword search for specific terms. Each video includes the assignment (question addressed in the video), the MIT's student's proposal for the video, and the short video explanation. Don't see what you need? Create an educator account and pose an assignment for a MIT student to address in a video lesson. The videos are mainly shared on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): bacteria (30), colors (79), energy (198), engineering (125), glaciers (14), nuclear energy (24), planets (123), plants (145), reproduction (9), scientific method (64), STEM (134), transportation (40)

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Science teachers will want to bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year. Browse the various "ready to go" topics to find something useful in your classroom. Share the video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups view different videos and "report back" to the class about what they learned. Submit proposals to MIT for video explanations of any topic you wish. Ask students to address a question based on their knowledge, then watch videos for the scientific explanation.
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Sickweather - Sickweather, LLC

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6 to 12
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This tool uses reports from social media to generate a map of sickness. The map tracks cold, flu, allergy, depression, and other symptoms in real time. It "senses" your location ...more
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This tool uses reports from social media to generate a map of sickness. The map tracks cold, flu, allergy, depression, and other symptoms in real time. It "senses" your location based on your Internet connection. Choose a disease to track in the drop down to view a specific map (allergies, fifth disease, strep throat, and others). Click on the map to view the hot spot areas and to see individual cases and symptoms reported via social media. This tool connects with Facebook to identify illness within groups of friends. Enter your own symptoms directly into Sickweather. This is a user generated map of self-reported symptoms (collected by social media and direct reporting). Data are as reliable as what people are saying.
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tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66)

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Compare this with other disease symptom gathering sites such as this site or this tool to determine the difference in reporting and usefulness of each data tool. Identify common symptoms that would be reported for the various disease and how each is diagnosed in a patient. Research past occurrences of the diseases compared to the present and the reasons for the increase or decrease. This would be a great activity to use with the introduction of immunity and vaccinations and evolution of diseases. It is also a great way to connect discussions about health and hygiene to the real world. Government classes can discuss the role of public policy in public health. What should be the government role in public health and disease prevention?

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Laura Jernigan: Girl on a Whaleship - Martha's Vineyard Museum

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4 to 12
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura ...more
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage. Laura, her father, mother, brother and the ship's crew set off to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. The site also tells the adventurous history of whaling. Choose from many different topics for exploration such as information about whales, a timeline of whaling, interactive map, and explore the ship. Dive deeper to view artifacts, meet the crew, and view a picture gallery. Lesson plans (and complete units) are provided for grades 1-3, 4-5, and even high school.

tag(s): 1800s (44), whales (16)

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Include this site as you study 19th century America, New England, or maritime history. Use the teacher link at the bottom of the page to find units and lessons. Introduce the site to students and allow them to explore on their own. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain a day in the life of one of the Jernegan family members. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). HIgh school classes could compare the whaling industry with other practices that have had an impact on our natural resources. How does this approach to whaling differ from the Native Alaskans? How does it differ from today's use of ocean resources?
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Coursera - Coursera.org

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9 to 12
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course...more
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course information displays start date, length of class, and the source offering the course. View a description/biography of the course instructor, a video explanation of each course, and information on the course format at the homepage for each class. Most courses offer a certificate of completion for successful completion of course requirements.

tag(s): china (66), climate change (64), computers (95), data (148), energy (198), engineering (125), financial literacy (80), gamification (65), greeks (30), immigrants (20), immigration (58), nutrition (154), professional development (123), psychology (64), scientific method (64), sociology (22), solar energy (38), space (205), sports (97)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.
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Tv411 En Espanol - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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TV411 En Espanol offers lessons covering several math, social studies, and science topics, all in Spanish. All lessons are offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to...more
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TV411 En Espanol offers lessons covering several math, social studies, and science topics, all in Spanish. All lessons are offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to the activity. Questions follow for students to answer and receive feedback. Choose a topic to view videos offered along with a short description. Each video includes links to related web lessons and some offer related print downloads.

tag(s): bacteria (30), heat (15), nutrition (154), photosynthesis (33), spanish (108), water (130)

In the Classroom

Include a link to videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Use the Share button located near the bottom of the page to share the link via email or other social media sharing sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This site is perfect to use with Spanish speaking students for help with explaining concepts. In Spanish class, show videos to challenge your students to make their own videos for any topic. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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Games: Institute for New Media Studies- Ethanol Issues - Institute for New Media Studies/University of Minnesota

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Explore multiple ways to learn about "Ethanol as Fuel." Navigate through the simulation city (You be the Reporter) to be the reporter in learning about Ethanol. Click on the areas ...more
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Explore multiple ways to learn about "Ethanol as Fuel." Navigate through the simulation city (You be the Reporter) to be the reporter in learning about Ethanol. Click on the areas of the city where information is located and access the knowledge from people and other sources by locating the glowing items. Visit the farm, government office, university, park, and other locations. Follow the information to learn and be a reporter of facts. Play the Ethanol Issues board game to learn facts about the use of ethanol as a fuel source. This site also offers the relevant information as a text story, a topics information page, or a short story containing relevant links. The activities were originally developed as part of a research project on delivering the news using games.

tag(s): energy (198), fossil fuels (18)

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Be sure to bookmark this site on a classroom computer or provide the link on a classroom site or blog. use this site in a unit on energy and society or issues in energy use and production. You can also use the text story as practice with informational text a la Common Core. Be sure to find other sources that provide additional information to support or refute information discussed in this site. Try a keyword of TeachersFirst for the phrases carbon footprint and fossil fuel.
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Eat Different - eatdifferent.com

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Want to change your eating habits for the better? This free site offers a way to track your eating habits (and exercise) through the web, mobile device, and even email. ...more
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Want to change your eating habits for the better? This free site offers a way to track your eating habits (and exercise) through the web, mobile device, and even email. Images can also be uploaded (for better accountability.) This site does not focus on counting calories but on assessing progress towards goals and using slider bars to indicate how well goals are being met. Use your friend to motivate you in reaching your goals. Sharing is optional and settings can be maintained for privacy. Enter your settings and use your log to keep track of progress daily. Describe the foods you eat and use the sliders to choose between "none" and "lots" on the items you are trying to reduce and the ones you are trying to increase!

tag(s): eating disorders (7), food chains (22), human body (121), myplate (28), nutrition (154), obesity (19)

In the Classroom

Use this tool in place of keeping a food diary and counting calories, especially during a unit on nutrition or health. Have students create goals that they can monitor. Use privacy setting to include buddies within the classroom to encourage each other. Create classroom challenges that can be extended into family challenges. Teach digital citizenship by learning to encourage and to make constructive comments in and off this site.

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